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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen Narrator: Graeme Malcolm Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9780698189003
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British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front.

In a moment of desperation, they throw two patients off the train and take their places, hoping they can escape later. But their act is too convincing and they end up in the Alphabet House, a mental hospital located far behind enemy lines, where German doctors subject their patients to daily rounds of shock treatments and experimental drugs. The pilots’ only hope of survival is to fake insanity until the war ends, but their friendship and courage are put to the ultimate test when James and Bryan realize they aren’t the only ones in the Alphabet House feigning madness.

Millions of fans around the world know Adler-Olsen for his award-winning Department Q series. His first stand-alone, The Alphabet House, is the perfect introduction for those who have yet to discover his riveting work.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a suspense-thriller to beat them all. Not only does it offer action, but readers will start waiting for the rabbit to jump out of the hat and change everything.”

    Suspense Magazine

  • “The daring plot, sustained suspense, and caustic view of society all hint at the author’s later work, [in] this meticulously researched historical journey.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Adler-Olsen meticulously constructs the Alphabet House…and the stomach-turning evils of Nazi culture to create a pitch-perfect thriller atmosphere.”


  • “Crime writer Adler-Olsen’s 1997 debut was inspired by the experience of the author’s father as a senior consultant in psychiatry at numerous mental hospitals in Denmark.”

    Library Journal

  • “Tense and claustrophobic…Handling the conflict between loyalty and survival with nuance and depth, Adler-Olsen…has a solid grip on settings…A study of loyalty confronting madness and evil.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Malcolm is in that rarified group of British storytellers who seem to disappear—as if nothing stood between the listener and the story. His characterizations are subtle, and even the villains have a sinister charm. Adler-Olsen’s superb audiobook (and the wonderful research that it’s built upon) will keep listeners’ headphones on all the way through the epic climax. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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